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any force responsible for maintaining an object on a curved path around a fixed center. In introductory coursework this is usually "uniform circular motion" and yields several simple and useful relations. Not to be confused with the centrifugal pseudo-force experienced in a accelerated referenced ...

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Is any energy required to deflect an asteroid, with force always perpendicular to its trajectory?

Let's assume there is an asteroid traveling on a straight line (far from any gravitational source), and we need to deflect it from its actual trajectory, so we build a rocket motor on the surface and ...
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The classical hydrogen atom

Suppose we want to analyze a hydrogen atom using purely classical mechanics. This obviously is not exactly how things work - quantum mechanics plays a huge role and probability distributions are ...
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With what speed must e.g. a car drive into a turn so it won't drift out? [closed]

I am trying to figure out the following question: with what speed must e.g. a car drive into a turn so it won't drift out (if a turn is a circumference of a semicircle)? e.g. $r= 5 m$ $a_r= ...
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Space Elevator: how would you keep the end of a Space Elevator's cable rigid?

I had a discussion with my wife about physics behind a Space Elevator. Imagine a cable rising 60k into the firmament for its elevator to climb. The cable would have to rotate in unison with the earth, ...
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What happen to a spoon which is detached from the satellite?

Suppose a spoon is a part of satellite but after detachment from the satellite Does it fall to the ground straight or does is take a parabolic path or any other path before coming to the surface of ...
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Why does friction play the role of centripetal force during the turning of a car?

What makes frictional force the centripetal force of a car turning along a curve? As friction is the opposing force and acts anti-parallel so there is no component of frictional force towards the ...
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Centripetal force in loop motion

I saw it from the book which talk about centripetal force in circular motion The main idea here is the balance in the term of relation between velocity and centripetal acceleration - centripetal ...
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Is the Moon freely falling towards the Earth?

The Moon is revolving around the Earth and its centripetal acceleration is towards the Earth. Does it mean that the Moon is freely falling towards Earth? What is the cause of the Moon orbiting around ...
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What is the net force experienced (at the lowest point) by a wire being rotated in a vertical circle with a mass 'm' at its free end?

A metallic wire is being rotated in a vertical circle with a mass $m$ fastened to its end. My understanding says that the net force experienced by this mass should be the centripetal force: $T - mg ...
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Does Centripetal Force Change Direction?

I have been struggling with this question that I have, "Does centripetal force change direction?" From every point, it points to the center. But if we draw its vector, we draw the tails from ...
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How is centripetal force related to radius?

In one formula given below, if the given radius r is larger, F would be lesser. In another formula, if the given radius r is larger, F would be greater. How is this possible? Intuitively, if we ...
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Centripetal motion (Average force vs magnitude of velocity) [duplicate]

I had a homework question, regarding designing a centripetal motion lab, It asks me to determine the 2 constants if I'm performing a centripetal motion lab, trying to determine the effect that the ...
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Calculating the velocity given the radius , period, centripetal force, and mass [closed]

In university physics homework their is a practice question requiring the calculation of the velocity given the radius , period, centripetal force. I am completely baffled as to whqt formula to use ...
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Relationship between centripetal force and magnitude of velocity [closed]

In university physics we were assigned a Pre-lab on centripetal motion and asked to predict the effect that increasing the average force on the magnitude if velocity. Basically what I said is the ...
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Why does a cyclist/motorcyclist bend when making a turn? [duplicate]

I've seen this very prominently in the Olympics
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Velocity of satellites greater than required velocity

We often find velocity required to keep a satellite in orbit by the formula $v=\sqrt{\frac{GM}{r}}$ where $v$ is perpendicular to the gravitational force. It is very intuitive that the object will go ...
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How fast must a torus spin to have a felt gravity? [closed]

Given a rotating torus (like a gyroscope or a rotary) with a radius of 1km, how fast must it rotate to have someone inside the torus feel normal gravity of 1G?
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Is centrifugal force equal in magnitude to the centripetal force in the frame of a body undergoing circular motion?

I was working out the minimum tangential velocity required for a swing to complete a full revolution and assumed the centripetal force is equal to the centrifugal force, so that I could set the weight ...
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Could two identical stars revolve around each other in a common orbit if we only account for Newtonian physics?

Both a parent star and its planet revolve around the center of mass of the system, the reason we see stellar wobble. But if we take this to be true, which it is, there can be a configuration in which ...
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Gas pressure and centrifugal force

I think about a rotating torus (simplified tire) filled with ideal gas. Mass of gas is $m$ and molar mass is $M$. Pressure in non rotating torus is $p_0$. Temperature is constant $T$. Inner radius of ...
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Why does a string remain taut in circular motion

Lets say an object is tied to a string and it is being swung in a circle: In this case, the tension of the string acts as a centrifugal force that keeps the object moving in a circle. However, if ...
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Question on circular motion — car turning on road

Lets say a car is turning on a road that has friction. I made this small diagram where the two parallel lines indicate the tires of the car. In order for the car to keep turning in a circle, there ...
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what does exactly accelerometer measure on a vertical rotating disk?

I am trying to understand an aspect of rotational dynamics. I am having some trouble arriving at a solution. Consider a disk of uniform mass distribution, and radius R centered at the origin of an xy ...
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Proof of centripetal acceleration formula ($a_c = \frac{v^2}{r}$) for non-uniform circular motion

The formula for centripetal (radial) acceleration is well known, and there exist many proofs for it: $$||a_c|| = \frac{||v||^2}{r}$$ However, all the proofs I've seen rely on the fact that it is ...
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Is there a reaction force on the ball in a vertical circular motion?

You have a light string. At one end of the string there is a ball modelled as a particle. The string has negligible mass. The other end of the string is fixed at a point and the ball is undergoing ...
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Sun revolves around the Earth [duplicate]

What if somebody says that Sun revolves around the Earth and not Earth revolving around the Sun? What would be the consequences?
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Uniform Circular Motion and Centripetal Acceleration

In introductory physics books (or at least mine) it limits the equation $a_c=v^2/r$ to the situation where the speed around the circular path is constant. It enforces the idea that the speed is ...
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Turning on a straight, unbanked, frictionless road

I was learning about circular motion when this question struck me: In real life situations we are able to take a turn along a circular arc with our bike because friction provides us the necessary ...
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UCM unidentified force

A train rounds a curve of radius 235 m (turning right). The train track is flat, and the train is traveling at a constant speed. A lamp in the train makes an angle to the vertical of 17.5 degrees. ...
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Motion of a car rounding a bank

When a car is traveling round a banked track as fast as possible, it has a tendency to slip up the slope. Opposite in the case when the car travels slowly and has a tendency to slip down. Can ...
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What provides the centripetal force for a glider?

Whenever any object follows a circular path, there is always a centripetal force which is provided by something. However, in the case of a glider making a loop in air, what provides the centripetal ...
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Reference frame and centrifugal force

Imagine you are on a theme park ride in which you sit in a car and are spun around in a circle, basically like a giant centrifuge. An observer from the outside would say that there is no centrifugal ...
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Does centrifugal force exist?

Currently in my last year of high school, and I have always been told that centrifugal force does not exist by my physics teachers. Today my girlfriend in the year below asked me what centrifugal ...
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Centrifugal force?

Everyone calls it a pseudo force and that it is not really present, even there are so many machines listed to advantage of centrifugal force ( centrifuge, washing washing drier),and also it has the ...
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Centrifugal force for non uniform circular motion [closed]

If a body is under non-uniform circular motion, will it experience or will there be any impact of centrifugal force on the body upon eliminating the centripetal force? update-sorry.the title of ...
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Find the tangential acceleration

A racing car driver drives his car on a flat circular track of radius $\frac{25}3 m$ and a coefficient of friction $0.5$. Find the magnitude of its tangential acceleration (in $ms^{-2}$) at an ...
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Vortex Air Intake

Why is a vortex air intake in an engine cause the fuel to burn more efficiently within a vehicle. Why is this more efficient.
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A bomb can be made to explode or implode? [closed]

A bomb can be made to implode or explode. Can one be made to explode while creating a vortex at the same time?
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How is circular motion possible on a banked road when there is no Friction?

It is given here that the maximum safe speed of a vehicle on a banked road having coefficient of friction $0$, is $V =\sqrt{R g \tan \theta}$, where $\theta$ is the angle of banking. I can't ...
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Centrifugal force when there is no friction [duplicate]

Assume that a coin is placed on circular disk and now a disk is rotated with constant angular velocity. If there is no friction between the surfaces of a disk and coin, according to theory the coin ...
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Relativity's effects on centripetal motion [duplicate]

I am wondering if, for a particle moving close to the speed of light (so that we must examine things relativistically rather than classically) does the centripetal force equation $F_c=m\frac{v^2}{r}$ ...
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Conical vs Simple Pendulum

I don't understand why the Tension $T$ on a conical pendulum and a simple pendulum are different. In a simple pendulum, one would say that the tension of the rope is $T=mg \cos(\theta)$. However, ...
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Why is centrifugal 'force' perpendicular to line of inertia

I know that centrifugal is labeled a fictitious force only arising in a rotating reference frame, but I still struggle to understand the forces at play intuitively in tethered rotating bodies. I've ...
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Friction as a Centripetal Force

When an object is moving in a circle, won't the frictional force oppose it's motion? And if the velocity is always tangential to the path, there is no component of it towards the center, so there is ...
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Pouring water in an aircraft while upside down?

What is the physics behind the following photo? Someone had told me that this is because the aircraft might be moving towards a lower altitude, but I am still not sure.
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What is the cause of centripetal/centrifugal force?

What is the cause of centripetal/centrifugal force? When an object of mass $m$ is moved in a circular orbit, it experiences a centrifugal force radially away from the center. What is the cause of this ...
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Pendulum in a Turning Airplane

My friend and I are having an argument over what happens with a pendulum hanging inside an airplane during a turn. Assuming that the airplane is making a standard 1 G coordinated turn, how does the ...
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Can a car skid while moving in a circle? [closed]

How can a car skid if it is moving around a circular road? It is understandable that it can topple but I feel it impossible that a moving car can skid. It is hard to imagine that a car would skid ...
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What is the physics associated with climbing a space elevator?

Suppose you have a space elevator and you use it to lift weight to orbit. Obvious this is pulling down on the counterweight. So doesn't this mean that you need to apply appropriate acceleration ...
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Is rotational motion conditioned to a central force?

We know rotational motion as a combination (a resultant) of two effects the tangential velocity and a centripetal force. Does rotational motion turn into linear motion at the same instance this ...